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Welcome to the School of Education

The new School of Education in a new South Africa carries the responsibility and obligation to respond to the inequalities and injustices inherited in the local context of the new university, the province and in the country; and simultaneously it must address the global, the continent of Africa, and the margin or periphery as part of the developing world. It has to do so in all areas of its core functions of research, teaching, learning and community engagement.

It must operate within and manage the deepening tensions produced by the rapid advance of Science and Technology, which is fundamentally changing the nature and structures of communities as new informational and knowledge economies and societies emerge and the gap between the poor and the wealthy, and the north and the south widens.

The School of Education is located on two sites namely, Edgewood (Pinetown) and Pietermaritzburg. The School offers a wide range of undergraduate degrees and diplomas as well as postgraduate certificates, Honours, Masters and Doctoral studies programmes.

The vision is of an education that is accessible and relevant to the full range of learners, appropriate to both national and global contexts, that is of high quality and that contributes to lifelong learning in a South Africa characterised by social justice and sustainable economic development. The School sees itself as being a School located within an African university which is socially inclusive, contextually relevant and has as its primary function the generation of knowledge needed in the society that it serves.

The School of Education has strong national reputations for teacher education programmes, adult education, workplace learning and higher education. A wide variety of programmes are offered at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Prospective students are urged to discuss their needs with the relevant staff at two centres.

Professor Thabo Msibi


It is with great pleasure and excitement that I warmly welcome you to the website of the School of Education. Ours is the largest School in the College of Humanities at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and we are proud of our excellence in the academic trinity.

In line with the academic structure which the University of KwaZulu-Natal adopted in 2012, the School of Education is made up of the following six clusters:
  • Science and Technology Education
  • Mathematics and Computer Science Education
  • Social Sciences Education
  • Education Studies
  • Education, Development, Leadership and Management
  • Language, Arts and Media Education
We offer the following academic programmes: Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Education Honours, Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), M. Ed and PhD.  We are proud of our cohort model of PhD supervision which is well appreciated in many quarters both within and outside the University.
The cohort model of supervision is one of the factors behind our increasing postgraduate throughput rate. We have taken our cohort model of supervision to contexts beyond the borders of South Africa. For example, we are currently running M.Ed/PhD cohorts in Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Mauritius and intend to extend this facility to other countries. We also offer postdoctoral fellowships.
For a student who seeks quality academic programmes, the School of Education is the name to keep in mind. For a researcher who wants to go on a sabbatical or research leave, the School of Education is a fruitful destination. We also work in partnership and collaboration with other institutions of higher education through Memorandums of Understanding. New partners are most welcome. We invite you all to read more on our website, and please do not hesitate to link up with us on any matter of interest.
Enjoy your visit to our website. Feel at home!
  • Education students present work at research seminar

    Students in Biological Sciences for Educators 420 present their research during a seminar on the Edgewood campus.

    [09 Dec, 2016] Biological Sciences for Educators 420 students recently presented their work at a seminar on the Edgewood campus as part of their Research and Service Learning module for this semester.

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  • From ‘herd boy’ to Dean of Research

    Professor Pholoho Morojele is the new College of Humanities Dean of Research.

    [09 Dec, 2016] A former Lesotho rural community herd boy, Professor Pholoho, Morojele, is the new Dean of Research at the College of Humanities.

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  • Research on Schools as Centres of Community Life Presented at UKZN

    Dr Ingrid Bamberg, a visiting scholar at the Mzala Nxumalo Centre for African Society.

    [09 Dec, 2016] A visiting scholar at the Mzala Nxumalo Centre for African Society, Dr Ingrid Bamberg, presented her research at UKZN’s School of Education under the title: Schools as Centres of Community Life: Social Link and Social Issues Arising from Education Decentralisation in South Africa.

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  • Norwegian delegation visits School of Education

    School of Education staff with the delegation from the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences.

    [02 Dec, 2016] Six delegates from the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences - a merger between Bergen University College and Stord/Haugesund University College - visited the School of Education.

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